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Handling a Dental Emergency While Traveling

June 11, 2022

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Woman with luggage walking through airportAlthough there’s never a good day to need an emergency dentist, an urgent oral health problem while you are away from home one can quickly ruin your vacation plans. Despite your itinerary and being away from your family dentist, don’t wait until you get back home to schedule an appointment, or you might lose your tooth. Instead, here’s what you can do until you can see a dentist to ensure your dental emergency doesn’t ruin your vacation.

Provide the Appropriate First Aid

You may never expect it to happen to you, but 1 in 6 Americans has a dental emergency annually. Sudden oral health issues can take many forms, but here’s how to provide the appropriate first aid to a few of the most common situations: 


Many people believe an occasional toothache is normal, but it’s never a good sign. In fact, unexplained dental pain is a symptom of an underlying problem, like decay or a fracture. Toothaches aren’t unusual after flying because the pressure changes can aggravate underlying issues. 

You can manage any discomfort using an OTC pain reliever. It’s best to avoid any hard, sugary, or cold foods to prevent pain. Sleeping with your pillow elevated will stop blood from pooling in your head to reduce any throbbing sensations. 

Broken Tooth

A broken tooth is a dental emergency, even if the damage is minor and you’re not in any pain. A salt water rinse will reduce pain and inflammation. Chew on the opposite side of your mouth to prevent discomfort. An OTC pain reliever and a cold compress can also keep you comfortable. 

Dislodged Tooth

Slipping on a pool deck or a friendly game of football can lead to a dislodged or knocked-out tooth. You must get to a dentist within the next 30 minutes to save your tooth. If the tooth is still in its socket, gently push it back into place and bite on a piece of gauze to hold it in place. A tooth that has been knocked out fully can still be saved if you act fast. Hold it by the crown and rinse it with water before inserting it back into the socket. If you can’t get it in place, put it in a container of milk and bring it with you to the dentist.

Don’t Wait to See a Dentist

It can be a little nerve-wracking to visit an unfamiliar dental office, but time is of the utmost importance. Contact an emergency dentist in the area to get the treatment you need to rehabilitate your smile, so you can get back to your travel plans quickly.

About Dr. Sammi Hadad

Dr. Hadad earned her dental degree from the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School before continuing her training in geriatric dentistry. She has the training and qualifications to treat complex oral health issues, including dental emergencies. If you need a dentist in a hurry, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

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